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24.01(1)Employees are entitled to be paid for services rendered for the job evaluation and position to which they are appointed at the pay rates specified in the appendices attached
 (2)Newly appointed employees will be placed on Step 2 of the applicable pay range for the position where the employee has two (2) years of directly related experience to the responsibilities of the new job; Step 3 where the employee has more than two (2) but less than four (4) years of directly related experience to the responsibilities of the new job; and Step 4 where the employee has more than four (4) years of directly related experience to the responsibilities of the new job.
24.02(1)Employees shall be paid on a bi-weekly basis with pay days being every second Friday.
 (2)In the event there is delay in paying new or transferred employees, the Employer will assist those employees by providing pay advances.
 (3)Where pay advices are distributed to employees at their place of work, they shall first have been placed in envelopes.
 (4)Pay will be deposited to the credit of the employee in the financial institution of his/her choice in Canada.
 (5)

(a)

Where an employee has received more than his/her proper entitlement to wages or benefits or where retroactive membership dues deductions are necessary, no continuing employee shall be subject to such deductions in excess of ten percent (10%) of the employee's gross earnings per pay period except in recoveries for absence without leave.
  (b)When deductions are made, the Employer shall provide an itemized statement of the purpose and the amount of each deduction.
24.03Employees who have earned overtime compensation or any other extra allowances in addition to their regular pay, shall receive such remuneration in the four weeks following the day the employee submits the appropriate form.
  

RESPONSIBILITY ALLOWANCE

24.04(1)(a)When an employee is required by the Employer to perform the duties of a position at a higher pay range on an acting basis; or
  (b)When an employee is designated in charge of a ward, unit or department on any shift in circumstances which place upon the employee responsibilities greater than those ordinarily assumed; or
  (c)When a nurse temporarily replaces another nurse in the position of Supervisor; or
  (d)

When the head nurse or unit or department manager is not present to co-ordinate the daily operations of the ward, unit or department, and designates an employee as in charge,

the employee shall be paid a responsibility allowance.

 (2)

Employees in any of the above circumstances shall be paid:

  (a)an amount of ten (10%) of the employee’s base salary for acting periods of 5 days/shifts or less; or
  (b)

an amount of twelve (12%) of the employee’s base salary for acting periods greater than 5 days/shifts.

  Such pay shall be calculated from the time on which he/she commenced to act, for the period in which he/she acts.
  

SALARY INCREASES

24.05An employee, except a casual employee, who is rehired within two (2) years of his/her last date of employment with the Employer to perform the same duties, shall be paid at the same step as he/she was being paid at when he/she ceased to be an employee.
24.06(1)The Employer agrees to pay the negotiated salary increases to every employee not later than the second month following the month in which this Agreement is signed and not later than the month following the month in which any subsequent salary increases become effective.
 (2)The Employer agrees to pay all retroactive remuneration for salary increases, overtime, acting pay and allowances not later than the third month following the month in which the Agreement is signed.
24.07When an employee is appointed on a term or indeterminate basis to a new position in the Public Service, he/she shall be paid:
 (a)If the appointment constitutes a promotion as defined in Clause 2.01(z) an increase in salary that is not less than the difference between step 1 and step 2 of the new pay range. In addition, if a performance increment is due not later than six (6) months from the date of promotion and is recommended, an increment will be granted at the time of promotion on the present pay level prior to application of the new pay level. Where this occurs, the employee's salary review date shall be changed to the 1st day of the month in which the promotion takes effect.
 (b)(i)If the appointment constitutes a transfer, as defined in clause 2.01 (ee), at the rate nearest to, but not less than his/her former rate of pay; or
  (ii)If the appointment is a voluntary reassignment, either through employee application or by mutual consent as defined in clause 2.01 (ii), the maximum rate of pay of which is less than his/her present rate of pay, the employee shall be paid at the maximum rate of the new position to which he/she agrees to be transferred.
 (c)If the appointment is as a result of the employee's successful application for a position, the maximum rate of pay of which is equal to or less than that of the employee's present position, the employee shall be paid at a step in the appropriate pay range for the new position that is commensurate to the employee's related knowledge, skills, abilities and experience for the position. Where an employee has directly related experience, he/she will be placed at a Step in the appropriate pay range in accordance with 24.01 (2).
24.08Where a salary increment and any other salary revision are effective on the same date, the salary increment shall be applied first and the resulting rate shall be revised in accordance with the salary revision.
  

PERFORMANCE INCREMENTS

24.09(1)An employee holding a position for which there is a minimum and maximum rate of pay may be granted increases in pay until he/she reaches the maximum for the position. Such pay increases are dependent on satisfactory performance of the duties of the position by the employee, and shall not be granted to the employee until his/her Deputy Head certifies to the Employer that the employee is so performing the duties of his/her position.
 (2)For the purposes of such pay increases the performance of the employee shall be reviewed annually.
 (3)

Pay increments, which are recommended by the Deputy Head, shall be granted the first day of the month of the employee’s initial appointment.

However, the provisions of Article 24.07 will apply where appropriate.

 (4)Where the Deputy Head intends to recommend withholding a pay increment from an employee, he/she shall, at least two (2) weeks and not more than six (6) weeks before the due date for the pay increment to the employee, give the employee notice in writing of his/her intention to do so. If such notice of denial is not given, the pay increment shall be implemented on the due date.
 (5)Where an employee is not granted a pay increment on the day on which a pay increment would otherwise become due to him/her, a pay increment may become due to him/her six (6) months after the month he/she would have been due to have been granted a pay increment, or the Employer may defer the pay increment for a period of twelve (12) months after the month he/she would have been due to have been granted a pay increment, at which time the employee shall be entitled to the withheld pay increment in addition to the current pay increment should performance be deemed to meet the required standard.
  

APPLICATION OF SALARY REVIEW DATE

24.10(a)The salary review date of an employee who is promoted shall be the first day of the month of the promotion.
 (b)The salary review date of an employee who is transferred or whose position is re-evaluated shall remain unchanged.
 (c)The salary review date of an employee who has been on leave of absence without pay in excess of six (6) continuous months shall be moved to a date which provides for a total of twelve (12) months of paid employment between anniversary dates.
 (d)Where the job evaluation of a position is to take effect retroactively, only employees on strength on the date of implementation of such change or employees who have filed job evaluation appeals in accordance with clause 36.04 shall be entitled to receive any retroactive benefits that might accrue.
24.11(1)(a)Where a position is re-evaluated as a result of a change in duties and responsibilities and the maximum rate of pay of the new pay range exceeds the maximum rate of pay of the old pay range, the incumbent of the position will be paid at the step in the new pay range which provides him/her with an increase in salary that is

nearest to but not less than the difference between step 1 and step 2 of the new pay range.

  (b)Where a position is re-evaluated and there have been no substantial changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position and such evaluation has resulted in a higher pay range, the incumbent of the position re-evaluated will be paid at the same step in the new pay range as they were in the old pay range.
  (c)

The effective date of a re-evaluation that results in an increase in pay shall be the date upon which the employee began to substantially perform the new or changed duties, but in any event no retroactivity shall be paid for any re-evaluation adjustment that extends beyond sixty (60) days prior to the filing of a grievance or a job evaluation appeal, whichever is earlier, except as provided below. 

If the employee has provided documentation under article 36.04(1)(a), dated earlier than either the re-evaluation or sixty (60) days prior to a grievance or appeal being filed, the Employer shall consider an adjustment to the employee’s pay retroactive to that earlier date. Such adjustment shall not be unreasonably denied.

 (2)(a)Notwithstanding the provisions of Clause 24.01 when a position is converted or, where as a result of audit or review, a converted position is found to be over-evaluated and the maximum salary payable in the new range is less than the maximum salary of the incumbent of that position, he/she shall be paid as the present incumbent of that position in a holding range which will permit him/her to be paid at a salary which is nearest to and not less than his/her present maximum salary.
  (b)Where an employee is being paid as the present incumbent of a position in a holding range and he/she unreasonably refuses a transfer or training which would put him/her in a position at, or above the level of the position before it was re-evaluated, or which would place him/her in a position nearer to the pay range established for the position before it was re-evaluated, he/she shall cease to be paid in the holding range. Instead he/she shall be paid in the pay range applicable to the re-evaluated position, at the step which is nearest to the rate he/she was being paid in the holding range.
  (c)Where an employee who is subject to Clause 24.11(2)(b) accepts a transfer or training that would put him/her in a position with a pay range closer to the pay range of the position before it was re-evaluated, he/she shall continue to be paid in the holding range.
  (d)For the purposes of this Article, a present incumbent is an employee who, subject to the above provisions, continues to receive the annual and negotiated increases for the range of the position before it was re-evaluated downwards.
24.12Employees, other than employees assigned duties of translation and interpretation in their job descriptions, who are required by the Employer to use two or more of the official languages of the Northwest Territories shall receive a bilingual bonus of $1200 per annum.
  

AIRPORT FIREFIGHTERS - LONG SERVICE PAY

24.13(1)An airport firefighter who receives pay for at least eighty-four (84) hours for each of twelve (12) consecutive calendar months for which the airport firefighter is eligible to receive long service pay, beginning October 1 of each year, is entitled to be paid, in a lump sum, an amount related to the airport firefighter’s period of continuous employment in the Public Service set out in the following table:
Period of Continous EmploymentAnnual Amount
5 to 9 years$240
10 to 14 yeras$350
15 to 19 years$480
20 to 24 years$610
25 to 29 years$740
30 years or more$870

 

 (2)An airport firefighter who does not receive at least eighty-four (84) hours’ pay for each of twelve (12) consecutive calendar months for which he/she is eligible to receive long service pay, beginning in October 1 of each year, is entitled to one twelfth (1/12) of the relevant amount as set out in cause 24.13(1) for each month for which he receives at least eighty-four hours’ pay.
 (3)Where an airport firefighter does not complete the airport firefighter’s specified period of continuous employment in the Public Service upon the first day of a calendar month, the airport firefighter shall, for the purpose of clause 24.13(1), be deemed to have completed the specified period of employment.
  (a)on the first day of the current month if the airport firefighter completes the specified period of employment during the first fifteen (15) days of the month, and
  (b)on the first day of the subsequent month in any other case.